As I reflect on October and what it represents, it’s easy to get caught up in the month’s many fundraising activities and events, and lose sight of its real purpose. There seems to be a party of some sort or an event almost everyday and, as great as it is, as a survivor in some ways the month can be an exhausting experience if you don’t consciously make an effort to manage the busyness of it all. (more…)
Archive for the ‘Breast Cancer Journey’ Category
Meet guest blogger Elyn Jacobs. Elyn helps women diagnosed with cancer to navigate the process of treatment and care, and she educates about how to prevent recurrence and new cancers. She is passionate about helping others get past their cancer and into a cancer-free life. Take it away Elyn!
“You have cancer” Three of the most dreaded words you can hear from your doctor. Your world has changed and you feel a loss of control. A moment ago you were a student, parent, wife, maybe even a doctor. Now, suddenly, you are a patient. In the ensuing panic, disbelief, fear, and confusion you have to make decisions. Likely right now you think “I can barely breathe, let alone function…how am I to figure all this out?” Well, unfortunately, your life and your quality of life depend on it. Now is the time to get help, but from who?
Welcome guest blogger Michelle Young of 4Women, an organization that sinpires women to feel as beautiful as they did when they had hair. Their motto to cancer patients, alopecia patients or any woman or girl suffering from medical hair loss: ”Just because you lost your hair does not mean you have lost your sense of style.” Thank you Michelle for sharing!
It’s on the calendar – date, time and place, an appointment you never imagined yourself having to keep, treatment. It is still a couple weeks away, which means you have plenty of time to imagine what it will be. If you are at all like me, you might find yourself imagining every shade of worst-case scenario, with the degree of “worse” growing exponentially with each passing hour or day. In the words of blogger Chemobabe, “The Present Tense of crisis is fueled by adrenaline, colored by anxiety.” While we may not have much choice about keeping that appointment on the calendar, we do have choices when it comes to the thoughts we choose and the actions we take. Our goal is to not just cope with the reality of cancer, but to turn our anticipation, reluctance, and fear into a determination to imagine and create our own best-case scenarios. (more…)
I never would have thought in a million years that having a life threatening disease would have actually been one of the best things that could have happened to me. My breast cancer diagnosis, in May 2008, was not just a life altering event but even more so, a life enhancing event. Who knew?
I started out with a completely different intent with this blog, and totally focused on something else all together, but I received an email this morning from someone that really touched me. So, I decided to re-direct my thoughts and talk about something that we are aware of but often may not always address appropriately or enough. That is, the journey that men experience who are the spouses or significant others of breast cancer survivors.
We had another gathering today of my Link of Hope sisters at Pat San Pedro’s house and it was just as incredible as the last time. Even though there were fewer women in attendance it was just as powerful, if not more than my first experience with the group.
There were a couple of newcomers, there for the first time, and as I listened to each of the women talk about what’s happening in their lives and share their stories, I heard a common theme – how being diagnosed with breast cancer was a “wake up call”.